This past Valentine’s day left me with a challenge.
Forget the usual flowers and chocolate, I was tasked with finding the “perfect” gift for my bride on Valentines day.
Early in the week she surprised me with one of the best gifts I had ever received:
a leather sitting couch.
This was the perfect addition to my sitting room and will be filled with hours of sitting and reading.
My wife had done an amazing job of getting me the perfect gift for Valentine’s day.
Now I had to step up my game.
We originally set a $30 spending limit for VDay, but I was thinking I might have to break that limit due to the restraints of quality verse price. I searched online for something unique, amazing, and affordable. I knew my wife loved receiving hand made cards and notes, she loved clothes, and she loved shiny things. But I wanted to do something unique, I decided I was going to make something this year.
As I searched online for inspiration, I came across a print that said “Home is wherever I am with you.” Perfect! This is a great print taken from a great song, and it was in my price limit. But instead of purchasing this print, I decided I was gonna make it myself.
As I started to lay out the print, I started to hum songs in my head. This went on for a bit as I worked on this “special” print for VDay. After about 15 minutes of humming the song in my head I realized it was a song from our wedding that we used during the service. And then the idea hit me, what if I took the song that was in our wedding and turn it in to a print? I had my idea for the perfect Valentine’s day gift. I started to lay out the poster when I thought about the other songs at our wedding. I knew that I had to include them all. I was on my way to having a set of four prints that had never been made. I was excited to start this project.
The four songs chosen: All I Want Is You, A Thousand Years, Turning Pages, and Your Love Is All Around (listen to them here).
Each song had special meaning to our wedding service:
A Thousand Years-wedding party walking-in.
Turning Pages-Bride walk in song.
Your Love Is All Around-Communion Song.
All I Want Is Your-Our First Dance.
I wanted to highlight each in a special way.
The design process was underway. Wanting to tie them in all together to have the option of being displayed all in one, or to provide the option to have them displayed individually, I used a bar at the bottom of each design to give the prints a set of cohesiveness. Also, wanting these prints to last more than a year or two, I tried not to focus too much on our wedding pictures, and instead let the picture sit in the background, providing a subtle hint to each image.
After spending several hours going over type, color, and layout, here is what I came up with.
I was very pleased with how these turned out.
And I think my wife loved them as well.